Indigestion or dyspepsia is a discomfort in the upper abdomen that usually occurs after heavy meals, often with nausea
, bloating, and belching. Indigestion can also cause heartburn
due to stomach acid reflux, and irritates esophagus. Indigestion leaves a bitter or sour taste in the mouth. It is often caused by overindulgence in food or drink; stress
, or being overweight can aggravate symptoms. Sometimes, indigestion is due to a serious disorder such as peptic ulcers, gallstones, stomach cancer, or is a side effect of medicines such as iron supplement or certain antibiotics.
- Uncomfortable fullness after a meal even you haven't eaten much of your meal.
- Pain or discomfort in the upper abdomen.
- Pain or burning feeling in the center of your chest that may radiate into your neck or back during or after eating.
- Nausea and vomiting.
- Flatulence or belching.
- Lime juice and baking soda: Squeeze the lime juice from 1/4 lime in 1 cup warm water. Add 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda just before drinking, and drink it down quickly. This remedy will relieve acute indigestion.
- Onion and honey: Take 1/4 cup of fresh onion juice with 1/2 teaspoon honey and 1/2 teaspoon black pepper.
- Garlic: Chop up a clove of fresh garlic, add a pinch of salt and a pinch of baking soda, and eat it.
- Pineapple: Drink 1 cup of sweet fresh pineapple juice with a pinch of ginger, a pinch of black pepper, and 1/2 teaspoon organic sugar thrice a day.
- Honey and cinnamon: Sprinkle cinnamon powder on one tablespoons of honey and take before food which relieves acidity and digests the heaviest of meals.
- Peppermint: Drink herbal tea made with peppermint, chamomile or fennel which is effective for indigestion.
- Eat only two or at most three meals a day: breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
Avoid snacking between meals.
- Eat slowly, chewing food thoroughly. Take small sips of warm water during
- Fill your stomach to one-third of its capacity with food and one-third with
liquid, leaving one-third empty.
- Exercise regularly.
- If overweight, try to lose weight gradually.
- If stress contributes to indigestion, try to reduce it.
- Practice relaxation techniques such as deep breathing, or yoga that can
helpful for improving digestion.
- Avoid fried, fatty, and spicy foods; carbonated beverages, caffeine and
- Avoid cold and iced drinks, especially during or after meals.
- Don’t exercise for at least an hour after eating.
- Stop smoking; it may aggravate symptoms.
- Avoid taking aspirin or ibuprofen for pain, as they can irritate the stomach.
See doctor immediately if:
- Have severe abdomen pain.
- Indigestion does not seem related to eating.
- Have recurrent indigestion.
- Losing weight without trying.
- Have chest pain, sweating, and shortness of breath.
- Vomiting blood or passing black stools.
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